Eph. 4:16 Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Notice that it is under the Lord’s direction that the body of Christ grows. So often we neglect this important truth. Many of us like to lead. We like to be the one giving directions, calling the shots. We like to be responsible for the building up of the body. We like the attention we get from being leaders and not followers. However, no church will ever grow properly when man is doing the leading. If your church leader is not being clearly led by Christ, then your church will never become the church Christ created her to be.
Under the Lord’s direction, every part of the body fits perfectly because the Lord created each part to fit. There is no useless part of the body. Each one of us is given a role to play in the church. The work we do is special because we are perfectly suited to do it and because our role is essential for the well-being of the church. When each of us does what we were created and fitted to do, the church is healthy and grows.
What is true of the local church is also true of the universal church. It is hard for us to grasp, but it is something that must be grasped. Each part of the church family is important. Each part has a role to play. Each part must seek to be led by Christ to fulfill her role. When each part comes under the authority of Christ, great things begin to happen in the world.
What we struggle with is getting ourselves out of the way and letting the Lord lead us. It is a battle we will fight until Jesus comes, but fight it we must. There is only one Lord and it is not us. The sooner we accept this truth, the better off we will be. The love of Christ cannot fill His church until the church lets Him be her Lord.